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Our person-centered clinical orientation is guided by humanistic and contemporary approaches to psychoanalytic theory that include ego psychology, object relations, self psychology, and intersubjectivity psychology, and that are grounded in current empirical research, especially attachment and trauma theories.

Master of Arts
Art Therapy

Our program integrates psychotherapy and visual arts practice that engages the creative power of art for clinical assessment and treatment.

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Doctor of Philosophy
Rehabilitation Sciences

Prepare for a fulfilling academic career in research and teaching in the rehabilitation sciences through interdisciplinary study across health fields.

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Student painting with blindfold on.

The Master of Arts in Art Therapy program is approved by the ACATE under the CAAHEP. The program meets all educational requirements for licensure in New York State as a Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) and Registered Art Therapist (ATR) with the Art Therapy Credentials Board.

Student Experience

Throughout the year, there are events for MA Art Therapy students that include book signings, conferences, lectures, and community collaborations. These events highlight the work of faculty, students, and alumni and bring together diverse communities of art therapists. 

NYU Creative Arts Therapies Consortium

The NYU Creative Arts Therapies Consortium aims to advance public knowledge and research in the creative arts therapies.

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News and Events

Dean’s Public Square Series presents "Art in Communities: Inclusivity, Care and Sustainability"

Join Steinhardt Dean’s Public Square Series with the Art Department in an exploration of sustainability within the framework of inclusivity. Moderated by Dr. Marygrace Berberian.

New Steinhardt/Langone Research Published on Art Therapy and Parkinson's Disease

This groundbreaking, innovative study is the first paper exploring the effects of art therapy on Parkinson's Disease in a medical peer-reviewed journal utilizing clinical, behavioral, eye tracking, and brain connectivity outcomes.

Two Steinhardt Faculty Members Win Major Award in Art Therapy Research

Department of Art and Art Professions professors Ikuko Acosta and Marygrace Berberian received the American Art Therapy Association’s Rawley Silver Research Award for research assessing the rehabilitative potential of art therapy for Parkinson’s disease patients.

The Healing Arts: An Interview with Soma Vajpayee, Career Changer and Art Therapy Student

Soma Vajpayee, a former banker and executive coach, describes the journey that brought her from the business industry to NYU Steinhardt's art therapy program.

NYU Steinhardt co-produces Healing Arts Symposium

Many Steinhardt researchers and artists will be speaking at this first-of-its-kind symposium.

New Cookbook from Nutrition and Art Therapy Students Encourages Families to Get Creative in the Kitchen

"Creative Kitchen," a joint project created by Art Therapy and Nutrition and Dietetics students, combines healthy, low-cost recipes with arts-based activities to bring families together during this time of crisis.